File extension for Windows Language Packs

For some reason I have a mental block and can’t seem to remember this, but instead of using dism to install language packs on Windows 7 or above, like this…

dism /online /add-package /packagepath:<path to language pack .cab file>

…you can also simply rename the .cab language pack file to have the .mlc file extension and double-click it.

There’s yet another way too, and that’s to run the lpksetup.exe utility and point it at your .cab file I think. Haven’t tried that though as I think the .mlc method is easier.

Quickest Way to Shut Down / Restart in Server 2012 or Windows 8

I really don’t know why they did it but in Server 2012 and Windows 8 Microsoft have decided to make it really difficult to shut down and restart. And if you are in a remote desktop session it’s even harder than when you’re on the console.

Fortunately there’s a handy key-press they haven’t gotten rid of yet, namely good old Alt+F4. Just click on an empty space on the desktop, give that particular two-fingered salute and you get the following dialog:

Shut Down Windows dialog

So there we go. To be honest I was surprised it worked in an RDP session – I fully expected my session to get killed instead, but no it does indeed work as it needs to.

Orca 5 for Windows 8

Now that Windows 8 has hit RTM there is a slightly newer version of Orca the MSI editing tool available. This one is version 5.0.9200.0, but when it’s installed, in the Programs and Features dialog it’ll show up as 8.59.25584.

To grab yourself a copy get the Windows SDK for Windows 8, install using the option to ‘download for installation on a separate computer‘, and make sure only ‘Windows Software Development Kit‘ is selected in the features list. You won’t be able to de-select the .NET 4 download.

After your download is complete you can either install Orca from the download directory, or collect up the files you need to keep a copy for use later on. The files you’ll need are listed here and are linked directly to Microsoft download location for ease of collection:

To install Orca just double-click on Orca-x86_en-us.msi and allow it to install. Job done!